HTC Radar Review


Key Specifications

  • 3.8in 480x800 LCD display
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5 megapixel camera w/ f2.2 lens
  • Windows Phone 7 Mango OS

As we have seen with the
HTC Titan, the Taiwanese manufacturer is certainly betting on the
fact that WP7 has a bright future. While the Titan is the flagship
model in the new Mango line-up from HTC, the Radar is very much the underling.

On first viewing the HTC
Radar looks a lot like a run-of-the-mill Android phone which HTC has been producing in the last couple of years. Part Desire, part Wildfire,
the design of the Radar is completely underwhelming.

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The Radar has a 3.8in LCD
touchscreen with a WVGA resolution of 480×800 pixels. This makes for a nice
bright display though viewing angles were only average, and certainly not as good
as those on the Titan. Moreover, the 480×800 resolution is the minimum require by Microsoft for its phones, so why HTC didn’t go for a better screen on either the Radar or Titan is perplexing.

The phone measures 120.5 x
61.5 x 10.9mm, though in the hand it certainly felt a lot chunkier. It weighs 137g and felt solid and
comfortable while we were handling it – which owes much to the aluminium unibody

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Below the screen sit the
ubiquitous WP7 buttons, which in this case are capacitive touch sensitive, and a rather large ‘triple-chin’ bezel which
does nothing for the look of the phone. Above the screen sits a VGA-quality
front-facing camera for soon-to-be supported Skype video calls.

Looking around the sides,
the left-hand-side is home to a microUSB port for charging while on top there is
a 3.5mm headphone jack and the power button. Meanwhile the right is home to the volume
rocker and the physical shutter button for the camera.

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The rear of the phone is a
three-tone effort we’re used to seeing on HTC’s Android devices with a five megapixel
camera sitting between an LED flash and a speaker grille.

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